Wilsonians fork out funds, supplies for area students

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Wilsonians gave with their hearts and their stomachs Monday for the annual backpack fundraiser and party at Chick-fil-A.

Owner and operator Christy Proctor celebrates her birthday each year with a call to the community to give back to others by donating supplies and funds to put together backpacks full of school supplies for local students. Her goal this year was 470 to coincide with her 47th birthday.

“Growing up in a household where there wasn’t much ‘extra,’ my parents always made sure I had new notebooks, paper and pencils,” Proctor wrote in an email to friends about Monday’s event. “To this day, I still love freshly sharpened pencils, new crayons and just walking through the school supply section at any store.

“Staples is like a trip to Disney... almost.”

In addition to collecting donations, Proctor donated 15 percent of every lunch and dinner purchase to the Bucks for Backpacks program. And donations of supplies and funds are still coming in.

“Our Wilson businesses, guests and team members showed up like they always do and donated enough money for more than 600 backpacks,” Proctor said. “I’m always humbled at the generosity Wilson shows for this birthday wish, and even more importantly their desire to support the youth of our community. The volunteers were rockstars standing outside in those temps yesterday...they deserve a huge thank you for helping to make the event possible.”

Donations can be made online, at the store at 2407 Forest Hills Road W. or by calling the restaurant at 252-206-9862.

Celebrate summer with free milkshakes

Wayback Burgers is giving out free milkshakes Thursday to celebrate the summer solstice starting at 10:30 a.m. at the location on Raleigh Road Parkway near Forest Hills Road.

This is the 10th year for the promotion by the burger chain and each year the event gets bigger as folks flock to the restaurant for a free 12-ounce vanilla milkshake with chocolate syrup. There is no purchase necessary to get a shake, but is limited to Thursday while supplies last.

“Free Shake Day has always been a day Wayback Burgers looks forward to because it’s a day filled with nothing but good vibrations,” Wayback Senior Vice President Patrick Conlin said in a press release. “We expect a 20 to 25 percent sales jump at all of our restaurants as hundreds of guests fill our restaurants to pair their free Black & White milkshake with our fresh, cooked-to-order burgers and fries.”

The chain stocks up with 30 times the average supply of milkshake supplies — including 3,400 gallons of ice cream, 300 gallons of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, 300 gallons of Monin French Vanilla syrup and 30,000 cups, lids and straws — to prepare for the event. Customers are encouraged to celebrate the event that coincides with National Selfie Day by using the #FreeShakeDay hashtag.

“Free Shake Day is designed to start summer on a good note,” Wayback President John Eucalitto said in the release. “As children of all ages prepare to enjoy a season full of beaches, camps and road trips, Wayback Burgers will be there to create lasting memories for years to come.”

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Boice-Willis Clinic pediatrics and primary care practices got a new home recently with the opening of a medical center at 91 Enterprise Drive in Rocky Mount.

“The Boice-Willis Clinic Medical Center is designed to improve provider efficiencies and to provide patient centered care,” Boice-Willis Clinic Chief Medical Officer Dr. Martha Chestnutt said in a press release. “In this building providers share offices and are in more open offices, so that providers can collaborate with each other, communicate with clinical staff and care coordinators easily.”

Pediatrics and primary care previously were housed in the Nash Medical Arts Mall near Nash General Hospital. The primary care will operate on the second floor of the medical center while pediatrics will see patients on the first floor. For more information on these practices and other services, visit www.boice-willis.com/.

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